Oklahoma has been making themselves at home in California over the last decade. It’s paid off with OU landing players like Tony Jefferson, Kenny Stills, Joe Mixon, Caleb Kelly, and Bookie. Outside of Fresno, however, Oklahoma hasn’t really set their stake in one area. That is something they’d like to change by making a push at Mater Dei HS in Los Angeles (CA).
The Sooners got a great start on America’s birthday by landing elite defensive back Darion Green-Warren.
It’s Time!!!! I’ve been waiting my whole life for this https://t.co/ynrDI3uG1e
— Darion Green-Warren (@gogettadarion) July 5, 2018
Darion visited Oklahoma back in the spring, but his journey to become a Sooner started back when he was living in Oklahoma. “I was born in Edmond (OK), so growing up I watched Jason White and AD; it was always a dream for me to put on a Sooners uniform.” The visit in the spring seemed to be something Darion and his family were looking forward to and, in their minds, the trip didn’t disappoint, but rather raised their overall impression of OU. According to Green-Warren, “After meeting with Coach Cooks and Coach Riley, I could tell they wanted me as much I as wanted to play there.” Darion added, “Once we got on campus and saw the facilities and met with the staff, I just knew OU is where I wanted to be.”
It wasn’t just the dream of being a Sooner, although that obviously helped, but the relationship with the staff, in particular Kerry Cooks, that really solidified OU. “Coach Cooks is my kind of coach. We have such a great relationship and I can’t wait to play for him.” Kerry Cooks won over Darion, but in the world of recruiting, you have to win over the parents too. Most importantly, you have to win over the moms and Oklahoma did a great job making sure mom and dad were comfortable. Darion said, “My mom and dad met with Coach Riley for about 35 minutes and on our way back to California we just knew this was the move.” Darion elaborated from there, saying,”I know I’m only a 2020 kid, but when you know… you know. And I didn’t want to waste any other schools’ time.”
— Darion Green-Warren (@gogettadarion) April 15, 2018
There is also a growing theme with kids in the 2019 and 2020 classes when it comes to OU and recruiting. It can be summed up in one word… Bookie. The freshman defensive back has been instrumental in landing several other players in the 2018 and 2019 classes. You can add 2020 to the list as well with Darion saying,”Bookie has helped me throughout the process by giving me huge insight on Coach Cooks and how things work at OU. He has been like a big brother to me.” We have heard that before, but what struck me as this being different is that I normally ask about Bookie’s relationship with certain recruits. With Green-Warren, I didn’t even think to ask that, it was just brought up in the conversation by Darion. That speaks volumes to Bookie’s prowess and respect, nationwide, once again. He has been huge for the Sooners and possibly the biggest get in the 2018 class in how he has helped bring in several other commits in 2019 and 2020.
With Darion being so locked in, he says it’s time for him to start recruiting his teammates at Mater Dei. In particular, Darion would like to get a certain QB to join him Norman, “My first order of business is definitely Bryce Young!” The Mater Dei teammates seem to have been close for some time. “We have been best friends since 8th grade, so I will be heavy on him. Especially with his announcement date coming up real soon.”
Another player he would like to work on is his defensive back partner at Mater Dei, Elias Ricks. Ricks won All DB honors at The Opening this past weekend and he told me he plans on visiting OU soon. That’s something Green-Warren wants to make happen as well, saying, “With Elias, we have time, but I will be working him hard to come with me and keep that CaliSooner streak alive.”
— Darion Green-Warren (@gogettadarion) December 10, 2017
Green-Warren chose OU over USC, UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, and Florida, to name a few.
This Fourth of July brought a big BOOM for the Sooners.